About Brent


Brent’s first instrument was guitar – starting at age nine and performing in public by eleven.  Piano lessons were mandatory in elementary school, but middle school band brought the Trumpet, discovery of Doc Severensin, Maynard Ferguson, and a love for Jazz and Big Band music that continues to evolve.  Ultimately TMJ Syndrome forced him to put the trumpet down and focus on guitar.  He never looked back.

Brent attended Western Michigan University, majoring in Music Education with a minor in Composition. He also attended Red Wing Technical Institute for Band Instrument Repair and now owns and operates a band instrument repair business with endorsements from from many area universities and symphonies, world class professionals, and three DCI Corps. www.brentsbench.com  provides repair services to school bands and individual musicians of all ages.

Brent is a Jazz Clinician, a member of the Indiana Jazz Educator's Association, a former President of the Song Writer’s Association of Mid-North Indiana and also served as the Choir Director at University Church - Purdue University. playing trumpet

Starting in the late 90's, the LNS Blues Band took the area by storm and established Brent’s reputation as a group leader, a fearless front man, and an easy to work with professional for contractors and event coordinators.The trio with drummer Jeff Newman and bassist Craig Schnarr performed with many amazing guest artists and played everything from clubs and coffee houses to fairs, festivals, venues seating thousands and even private events at the Colts Football Complex Pavilion in Indianapolis. See the review of our CD "Bitter Coffee"  (recently re-released - BEL Records LLC #031004)

Brent has performed and recorded with Leonard Foy, Randy Salman and Brent Wallarab from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with David Baker.  He has appeared with Broadway artist Michael Mandel, Comedian Rich Little, The Lafayette Symphony, Jazz legend Tony Zamora, Brazilian artist/composer Felipe Vieira, John Sticknall and Freddie Mendoza – as well as vocalists Kirby Shaw, Regina Toimage 230dd-Hicks, Ly (Tartell) Wilder and Amanda Overmyer from American Idol. 

Brent has been a staff arranger for two competitive marching bands, written music for commercials, video games and independent films. Working with TMG/5 Artists and Westlake Signal Group, he now has five film scores to his credit – having been seen and heard on Los Angeles Cable Television, the Pan-African Film Festival, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. "Then and Now - Single Engine Stations, Volume II" won a Telly Award in the Documentary Category.

His ongoing relationship with Westlake Signal Group continues with themes for two television pilots, including “No Right Turn,” under evaluation at ION/CBS.  Westlake Signal Group also uses Brent's music for "Newswire L.A." - an online news magazine broadcast every Wednesday at 11:pm on channel 36, Los Angeles Cable Television. In 2011, Brent submitted music that was evaluated by ABC Sports / ESPN executives.

Brent was selected as music director, wrote and recorded the main theme for Dr. Will's Neighborhood. The Neighborhood features Dr. Will Miller from Bob and Tom, Nick at Night, NBC Late Night and more.  Additional duties include serving as band leader for the "Dr. Will Live Show" and creating a series of podcasts focusing on jazz musicians and music education.

Last year he was invited to record with Steve Robinett on a project at Bob and Tom's "Static Shack" studio with award winning engineer Gary Mielke!
Brent’s first two solo CD's are original instrumental compositions that feature the work of the Midwest's top Jazz professionals.

Dog Tired"Dog Tired" was featured under Emerging Artists on George Noory's AM Coast to Coast, carried on over 500 stations in North America.

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